Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz looks on during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Northern Illinois, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, in Iowa City, Iowa. Northern Illinois won 30-27. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Charlie Neibergall

One in a series of early-summer looks at the opponents the Iowa football team will face this season.

2013 RECORD: 7-3, 3-5 in the ACC (fifth place in the Atlantic Division)

COACH: Randy Edsall (87-94 entering 16th season overall, 13-24 entering fourth season at Maryland)

RETURNING STARTERS: Offense (9), Defense (9), Specialists (2)

TOP RETURNERS: QB C.J. Brown, 6-3, 210, sr., 166-of-282 passing, 2,242 yards, 13 TDs, 7 interceptions, 140 carries, 576 yards; WR Stefon Diggs, 6-0, 195, jr., 34 receptions, 587 yards; RB Brandon Ross, 5-10, 205, jr., 166 carries, 776 yards, 4 TDs; LB Cole Farrand, 6-3, 245, sr., 84 tackles.

THE SPRING THING: Maryland’s first Big Ten will be a veteran one, returning nine starters on each side of the ball but coach Randy Edsall’s team had some work to do in the spring.

Offensive coordinator Mike Locksley is building around a senior quarterback in C.J. Brown who ranked third in the Atlantic Coast Conference last season in total offense, but Maryland is hoping that an offensive line which returns four starters can become a more physical group this season.

Working toward that objective, a number of pieces were moved around during the spring with changes at center and left guard, where competition will continue into fall camp.

Stefon Diggs and Deon Long provide Brown with a solid 1-2 combination at receiver, but the Terrapins are looking for additional help in that area. Marcus Leak completed spring drills as the likely candidate to become Maryland’s third receiving option, but competition there also continues into the fall.

Defensively, Darius Kilgo at nose tackle is Big Ten-ready against the run, but he found himself battling Keith Bowers for the starting spot throughout the spring. The Terrapins spent a lot of time this spring working to strengthen depth throughout the defense.

THE BIG THING: One question that was not answered during spring practices was who will start at running back. Brandon Ross returns, but junior Albert Reid and sophomores Jacquille Veil and Joe Riddle all performed well in the Terrapins’ spring game.


Aug. 30 – James Madison

Sept. 6 – at South Florida

Sept. 13 – West Virginia

Sept. 20 – at Syracuse

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Sept. 27 – at Indiana

Oct. 4 – Ohio State

Oct. 18 – Iowa

Oct. 25 – at Wisconsin

Nov. 1 – at Penn State

Nov. 15 – Michigan State

Nov. 22 -- at Michigan

Nov. 29 – Rutgers